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  • Our Conservative Popular Culture

    07/11/2014 5:38:08 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 4 replies
    RCP ^ | 7/11/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    My late friend Andrew Breitbart liked to say that politics is downstream of culture, meaning that any truly successful political turnaround needs to start by changing popular attitudes. Adam Bellow, a storied editor of conservative books, has a similar conviction and is trying to launch a conservative revolt in the world of fiction. I wish them great success. Still, I think there’s something missing in this ancient conversation on the right (conservatives have been making such arguments since the 1950s — if not the 1450s, with the publication of the Gutenberg Bible). Conservatives refuse to celebrate, or even notice, how...
  • Google Co-Founder Says People Shouldn't Have to Work So Much

    07/07/2014 7:55:41 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 37 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | 7/7/2014 | Alyssa Newcomb
    It sounds like a dream: Work part-time while maintaining the same standard of living. Google co-founder Larry Page thinks it should be a reality for everyone. The tech titan and his co-founder, Sergey Brin, sat down for a rare joint interview that was moderated by fellow billionaire, Vinod Khosta, and posted to YouTube. No Driver, No Problem: How Google's Self-Driving Car Transforms Travel Why Google Bought A Drone Company Google Gets Into Music Business "If you really think about the things you need to make yourself happy -- housing, security, opportunity for your kids ... it's not that hard for...
  • 'Obama Presidential Library' float at Norfolk parade draws criticism (Oh noes, a outhouse)

    07/07/2014 5:46:25 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 32 replies
    omaha.com ^ | 7/7/2014 | Hunter Woodall
    A Fourth of July parade float that depicted a figure standing outside an outhouse labeled the “Obama Presidential Library” has created a stir on social media and is also receiving criticism in Norfolk, Nebraska. The float, in Norfolk’s annual Independence Day parade, was on a flatbed trailer being pulled by a blue pickup truck. The figure was dressed in overalls and standing next to a walker outside of the outhouse. The hands and head of the figure were greenish and appeared to be zombielike; the hands were pressed against the sides of the figure’s head. Miniature American flags were atop...
  • Archbishop Condemns Satanic 'Black Mass' at Okla. City Civic Center as ‘Sacrilegious’

    07/03/2014 5:22:22 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 18 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 7/3/2014 | Lauretta Brown
    Catholic Archbishop Paul Coakley, head of the archdiocese of Oklahoma City, condemned a scheduled Black Mass by a satanic group, for which tickets are being sold at the Oklahoma City Civic Center, as “sacrilegious,” a “blasphemous mockery of the Mass.” The archbishop also called upon community leaders and board members of the Oklahoma City Civic Center to “remedy this situation,” stressing that he hoped they did not want to “enable or encourage such a flagrantly inflammatory event.” The Black Mass of Oklahoma, being offered by the group Dakhma of Angra Mainyu, is scheduled to take place in the Civic Center...
  • What the new caliphate means for world

    07/02/2014 5:07:48 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 22 replies
    WND ^ | 7/2/2014 | Joel Richardson
    he potential implications for the world are absolutely profound. First, according to Islamic jurisprudence, once a caliph has been declared, it is mandatory upon all Muslims to make a pledge of allegiance to the sitting caliph, known in Arabic as the bay’ah. The bay’ah translated is as follows: “I pledge my allegiance to the Commander of the Faithful, to hear and obey, in hardship and in blessings, to establish the religion of Allah, and to enforce Allah’s Shariah, and to expand the order of Allah, to establish the global Islamic state.” According to various hadith (Muslim sacred traditions found outside...
  • Little G Weevil (a Hungarian blues lover makes his mark in America)

    07/01/2014 6:41:12 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 1 replies
    Little G. Weevil: Nobody Loves The Blues But Me Little G Weevil "Help Me" HUNGARY FOR THE BLUES? - Little G. Weevil
  • The Best "Cry Me a River"...is it Julie London, Diana Krall, or Alice Fredenham?

    06/29/2014 5:32:34 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 63 replies
    Julie London Diana KrallAlice Fredenham I'm leaning toward Julie London...but your thoughts please.
  • Obama’s ‘woe is me’ attitude (It's official, he's pathetic)

    06/29/2014 6:50:08 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 17 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 6/29/2014 | Michael Goodwin
    Self-pity is never admirable in a public figure, but it seems to be Obama’s default emotion when the going gets tough. Because everything is about him, the whole world is personal. He is a victim of a vast conspiracy that includes everything from global upheaval to a domestic mood going from simmer to boil. If only everybody would just shut up and do what he says, all would be well. Alas, Obama is right about one thing. His presidency and the country are at a crossroads. The problem is that his response — woe is me — means things almost...
  • 13-year-old girl brings Simon Cowell and everyone to their feet. (Unbelievable video)

    06/27/2014 6:16:07 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 57 replies
    Video Link
  • SEAL Team 6 member becomes Pentagon’s poster girl in transgender recruiting

    06/26/2014 6:32:43 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 97 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 6/26/2014 | Bill Gertz
    A former member of SEAL Team 6 has become the poster girl for a Pentagon effort to include transgenders — people who have undergone sex-change operations — in the ranks. Kristin Beck, formerly Senior Chief Petty Officer Christopher Beck, spoke recently at several high-profile events at intelligence agencies and the Pentagon to promote the integration of transgenders. “Transgender service in the armed forces, yes it will happen soon,” she said on Twitter. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, among the most politically correct Pentagon chiefs of the past several decades, fueled the effort within the Pentagon to integrate transgenders in May when...
  • Radical onslaught: Body count mounts as Islamic fanatics wage global war

    06/24/2014 5:56:45 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 11 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 6/24/2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    From the Middle East to Russia, and from Africa to Asia, the bloody tide of jihad is rising as increasingly fragmented terror groups battle governments and each other for power and property. Daily reports of the terror group Islamic States of Iraq and Syria/Levant, or ISIS, advancing toward a caliphate in Iraq have supplanted equally horrific news from Nigeria, where Boko Haram slaughtered schoolboys and kidnapped girls to sell into slavery. All the while, terror attacks in the name of Islam have continued in China, where members of the Islamic sect known as Uighurs are suspected of mass stabbing attacks,...
  • Iraq militants 'turning back clock' in captured Mosul

    06/22/2014 12:54:15 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 5 replies
    yahoo.com/AFP ^ | 6/22/2014
    In the two weeks since it was seized by Sunni militants, some residents of the northern Iraq city of Mosul feel the clock has been turned back hundreds of years. The militants, led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group, have begun imposing an extreme interpretation of Islamic law in the days since they took the city, residents reached by telephone told AFP. "These militants will return us and our country hundreds of years backwards, and their laws are the opposite of the laws of human rights and international laws," said Umm Mohammed, a 35-year-old...
  • Fear Not the Coming of the Robots

    06/22/2014 10:56:15 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 48 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 6/21/2014 | Steve Rattner
    JUST over 50 years ago, the cover of Life magazine breathlessly declared the “point of no return for everybody.” Above that stark warning, a smaller headline proclaimed, “Automation’s really here; jobs go scarce.” As events unfolded, it was Life that was nearing the point of no return — the magazine suspended weekly publication in 1972. For the rest of America, jobs boomed; in the following decade, 21 million Americans were added to the employment rolls. Throughout history, aspiring Cassandras have regularly proclaimed that new waves of technological innovation would render huge numbers of workers idle, leading to all manner of...
  • The Pope's attack on capitalism shows he knows nothing about how the world really works

    06/22/2014 7:45:13 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 72 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 6/22/2014 | Allister Heath
    The Pope’s latest critique this week was equally unfounded, blaming speculators for high food prices. “The few derive immense wealth from financial speculation while the many are deeply burdened by the consequences,” he said, claiming that “speculation on food prices is a scandal which seriously compromises access to food on the part of the poorest members of our human family”. *snip* Those who buy and sell and seek to predict the future perform a crucial and legitimate social function; without them, the economy would lurch from over-supply to under-supply. Markets would be horrendously opaque and illiquid, with some consumers paying...
  • IRS email snafu ‘mind-boggling,’ says IT expert

    06/17/2014 11:23:29 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 23 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 6/17/2014 | James Rogers
    The IRS’ inability to locate a trove of emails belonging to Lois Lerner, the former agency official at the center of the department’s targeting scandal is “mind-boggling,” according to an expert in electronic discovery. Bruce Webster, who has served as a consulting and IT expert in more than 80 civil lawsuits, is astonished by the fact that the IRS could lose two years’ worth of emails. “It is very well known in both legal and IT circles that as soon as litigation and/or criminal investigation is likely -- not actually initiated, but merely likely -- it is imperative to preserve...
  • Cross-Eyed Hillary Appears on Conan O'Brien (Hillarious - video link)

    06/14/2014 11:51:23 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 35 replies
    truthrevolt.org ^ | Trey Sanchez
    Video LinkGet ready to spew your coffee.;-)
  • Why Terry Gross Was a Mistake for Hillary Clinton (it was a devastating interview)

    06/14/2014 6:22:40 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 86 replies
    nationaljournal.com ^ | 6/13/2014 | Alex Seitz-Wald
    On Wednesday, during a tense exchange lasting more than seven minutes, Gross asked Clinton 10 different ways about the evolution of her stance on gay marriage. But, unlike some recent TV interviews Clinton has given, the takeaway was not Gross's pointed inquiries, but the fact that they seemed to get under Clinton's skin, who snapped back at her interlocutor. "You know, I really, I have to say, I think you're being very persistent, but you are playing with my words and playing with what is such an important issue," Clinton said after trying to put the issue to rest several...
  • 'Duck Dynasty' controversy rocks Air Force base

    06/11/2014 5:38:10 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 51 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 6/11/2014 | Todd Starnes
    A union representing federal employees at Eglin Air Force base in Florida is demanding that two senior management officials be removed from their posts because they put decals on their personal trucks supporting Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson. Alan Cooper, the executive vice president of the local chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees, said one of the officials also displayed the “I Support Phil” decals in his office last month and offered them to subordinates. “The BUE (bargaining union employee) was clearly offended and disgusted that a senior management official would display the decal on their pod,” read...
  • Christian radio host slams Muslim prayers at Vatican as outreach to ‘demon god’

    06/10/2014 10:30:54 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 50 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 6/10/2014 | Cheryl Chumley
    “Remember, not every being that occupies the unseen world, the spiritual world, is a good guy, is a good spirit.” Mr. Fisher said interfaith gatherings — specifically those that join Christians with Muslims — should be regarded with alarm, Raw Story reported. “No Christian, in space over which he has authority, should ever willingly allow another spiritual leader to invite the presence of demons into his sanctuary,” he said, Raw Story reported. “This is for the simple reason that if they are invited, they will come. Thus any clergyman, whether an evangelical pastor or the pope himself, compromises the spiritual...
  • A look inside Leap Motion, the 3D gesture control that's like Kinect on steroids

    06/08/2014 3:25:13 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 9 replies
    theverge.com ^ | 6/8/2014 | David Pierce
    Leap Motion's not the household name Kinect is, but it should be — the company's motion-tracking system is more powerful, more accurate, smaller, cheaper, and just more impressive. Leap CTO David Holz came by the Verge's New York offices to give us a demo of the company's upcoming product (called The Leap), and suffice to say we're only begrudgingly returning to our mice and keyboards. The Leap uses a number of camera sensors to map out a workspace of sorts — it's a 3D space in which you operate as you normally would, with almost none of the Kinect's angle...
  • Computer passes Turing Test for first time by convincing judges it is a 13-year-old boy

    06/08/2014 12:23:30 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 50 replies
    theverge.com ^ | 6/8/2014 | Dante D'Orazio
    Eugene Goostman seems like a typical 13-year-old Ukrainian boy — at least, that's what a third of judges at a Turing Test competition this Saturday thought. Goostman says that he likes hamburgers and candy and that his father is a gynecologist, but it's all a lie. This boy is a program created by computer engineers led by Russian Vladimir Veselov and Ukrainian Eugene Demchenko. That a third of judges were convinced that Goostman was a human is significant — at least 30 percent of judges must be swayed for a computer to pass the famous Turing Test. The test, created...
  • Official: Bergdahl Details Don’t Add Up (Cash to the Haqqani network?)

    06/08/2014 6:27:12 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 36 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 6/6/2014 | Lachlan Markay
    A senior intelligence official with intimate knowledge of the years-long effort to locate and rescue Bergdahl told the Washington Free Beacon that the details of that exchange do not add up. The official, who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press, speculated that a cash ransom was paid to the Haqqani Network to get the group to free the prisoner. The Obama administration reportedly considered offering cash for his release as late as December 2013. The State Department has repeatedly refused to say whether the deal that released Bergdahl involved any cash payment. The ransom...
  • Hey, how bout retribution for the families of the D-Day soldiers (and all WWII men and women)

    06/07/2014 5:50:41 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 17 replies
    Watching the history channel D-Day show. Were it not for these heroes...there would be no U.S...and even former slaves would be speaking German. Or worse.
  • On Fox Biz, Psychologist Worries ‘Erratic’ Obama May Not Be ‘Sane’

    06/07/2014 10:37:17 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 63 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 6/4/2014 | Rich Noyes
    Forget about Barack Obama’s ultra-liberal policies — should Americans now be worried about the mental health of the current occupant of the White House? That was the alarming suggestion Fox Business Network viewers heard Tuesday evening. Talking about the bewildering decision to trade five “high risk” Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on Lou Dobbs Tonight, psychologist Dr. Gina Loudon said she has become “very, very concerned” that President Obama has become “irrational, erratic and perhaps not exactly what we might want to deem sane.” [Video and transcript after the jump.]
  • Ex-Charlotte mayor to plead in corruption case

    06/02/2014 6:29:50 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 9 replies
    foxnews.com/A ^ | 6/2/2014
    Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was expected to plead guilty Tuesday in a corruption case after an FBI sting recorded him accepting thousands of dollars in cash and airline tickets from undercover agents posing as businessmen, according to court documents. Cannon agreed to plead guilty to a single count of honest services wire fraud, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to documents filed Monday at U.S. District Court. Cannon was set to appear Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Cayer. Cannon, 47, was arrested March 26 and the Democrat resigned...
  • Will economic empathy shared by Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe enable Japan to play key role in India

    06/01/2014 12:18:03 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 4 replies
    economictimes.indiatimes.com ^ | 6/1/2014 | Malini Goyal & Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury, Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articlesho
    Actual Title: Will economic empathy shared by Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe enable Japan to play key role in India's growth? It is the hottest cross-border bromance India has seen in a long time. Newly elected prime minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe have been buddies for close to a decade now. In power or out of it, they have looked out for each other. Sidestepping protocol, they have met on visits to each other's country. And unlike the muted ways of the diplomatic world, the Modi-Abe chemistry has played out in full public view. In 2007,...
  • India's pro-business Modi storms to historic election win

    05/16/2014 7:59:06 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/16/2014 | Malini Menon and Rajesh Kumar Singh
    Opposition candidate Narendra Modi thundered to victory on Friday in India's election, with partial results showing that the pro-business Hindu nationalist and his party trounced the ruling Nehru-Gandhi dynasty in a seismic political shift. Modi's landslide, the most resounding election victory India has seen in 30 years, was welcomed with a blistering rally on India's stock markets and raucous celebrations at offices across the country of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), where supporters danced, exploded fireworks and gave out sweets. The BJP looked certain of a parliamentary majority, giving the 63-year-old former tea-seller ample room to advance economic reforms which...
  • Savannah’s Tourism Leadership Council releases statement on River Street incident

    05/13/2014 5:47:27 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 11 replies
    /wjcl.com ^ | 5/13/2014 | Ashli Lincoln
    As the leading trade organization representing the tourism industry comprised of thousands of employees and hundreds of businesses who call Savannah home, the safety of our visitors and our community is our highest priority. Allegations of an attack on an Atlanta area family visiting River Street were reported to us early Monday morning. Since then we have been in constant communication with the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police department as well as business and community leaders throughout the city. Through the review of evidence made available to us, including the police report, the dispatch log, and eye witness statements, many of the...
  • English bulldogs chase bear up a tree in NH

    05/10/2014 5:48:32 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 31 replies
    myfoxboston.com ^ | 5/10/2014
    It's the ultimate underdog story; two English bulldogs were involved in an altercation with a bear in Bow, N.H. English bulldogs, two-year-old Comma, because her tail is shaped like a comma, and 6-year-old Lola aren't professional guard dogs, according to their owners. In fact, they're more like professional sleepers. “These are dogs that walk to the mailbox and need a week's nap,” owner Kelly Hebert said. Especially the older and tamer one, Lola, but last week, when the Hebert family's motion sensor camera captured the huge black bear they've named Brutus wander out of the forest behind their home to...
  • Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade of Pale (video from 2006)

    05/08/2014 5:25:59 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 33 replies
    Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade of Pale, live in Denmark 2006
  • Fatboy Slim - Weapon Of Choice (fun old Christopher Walken dance video)

    05/02/2014 5:34:12 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 31 replies
    Video Link
  • I'm no UKIP supporter but Farage is a breath of fresh air

    04/26/2014 6:57:50 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 19 replies
    Whenever Tony Benn was asked a question you knew he was going to answer it. The same goes for Boris or Nigel. You might not agree with what they say, but at least they speak in English and not in some awful double-speak where you cannot begin to fathom what point they are trying to get across. I know it should be the principles and not the personalities that stand out but it is a lot easier to understand and to evaluate policies if they are advocated by someone who genuinely believes what they are saying and is able to...
  • Hospitals now offering ObamaCare alternatives (Cavuto - Video)

    04/26/2014 6:24:23 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 9 replies
    FOXBusiness.com reporter Kate Rogers and CentraState Healthcare System Hospital CEO John Gribbin on efforts to reduce health-care costs Video Link
  • Should Amazon buy the Post Office? (Absolutely!)

    04/25/2014 6:10:41 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 25 replies
    Video Link
  • France's Reckoning: Rich, Young Flee Welfare State (video)

    04/25/2014 5:06:09 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 11 replies
    Video Link
  • TED | The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance (video - mindblowing stuff)

    04/24/2014 7:07:09 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 5 replies
    kurzweilai.net ^ | 4/24/2014 | Hugh Herr
    Video LinkHugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature’s own designs. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago; now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group, he shows his incredible technology in a talk that’s both technical and deeply personal — with the help of ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her left leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and performs again for the first time on the TED stage.
  • Harry Reid's Long, Steady Accretion of Power & Wealth

    04/24/2014 5:03:29 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 18 replies
    RCP ^ | 4/24/2014 | Adam O'Neal
    Harry Reid has spent more than 40 years in government, starting as a small city’s attorney and eventually becoming the most powerful senator in the country. He has raised tens of millions of dollars in political contributions, established himself as an institution in Nevada politics along the way, and made himself a very wealthy man. His humble roots -- from growing up in a remote desert town to working six days a week as a Capitol police officer while in law school -- are legend in Washington and Nevada. Reid exhibits the toughness of a once destitute boy who completely...
  • Horowitz Rachmaninoff 3rd Concerto Mehta NYPO 1978 (video)

    04/22/2014 6:34:40 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 13 replies
    Youtube.com ^ | 4/22/2014 | Vladimir Horowitz/Zubin Mehta
    Video LinkI thought this was at Carnegie Hall, but the source says Avery Fisher.Where ever the performance...it is timeless and magnificent.
  • Is President Obama's 'manhood' in question? (video - and what manhood would that be?)

    04/21/2014 5:40:16 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 41 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 4/21/2014
    Video linkGeorge Will, Ron Fournier, and Charles Krauthammer.
  • CURL: Shelly O — The first lady comes in last (The Mooch is unlikeable - who knew?)

    04/21/2014 6:27:26 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 43 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 4/21/2014 | Joseph Curl
    This first lady has been the weakest and most trivial in a half-century, no substance, and not even any flash — a Shelly O, maybe, but no Jackie O. One reason: She’s not all that likeable. She polls OK, but c’mon, who’d want to hang out with her? She just doesn’t seem fun, often has on that “I’m-Not-Amused” face. Something about her makes you think: Boy, she’s angry about something. Remember that glare she gave the French first lady? How about that body language when hubby Barack was taking that selfie at the Nelson Mandela funeral (well, maybe she had...
  • This giant 3D printer can build 10 prefab homes in under 24 hours (pics)

    04/20/2014 5:52:49 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 31 replies
    digitaltrends.com ^ | 4/17/2014 | Drew Prindle
    3D printers are building some pretty amazing stuff lately: working speakers, wooden furniture, prosthetic limbs, and even foods like pizza and pasta — but WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. of Shanghai, China is thinking much, much bigger. Instead of pumping out small plastic parts with a desktop-sized printer, these guys print out prefabricated living structures out of concrete using a massive, building-sized 3D printing machine. Now, to be sure, 3D printing houses isn’t a particularly new thing. Companies have embraced the idea of additive manufacturing since before the term “3D printing” had even entered the popular vernacular. For this reason,...
  • China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 years

    04/20/2014 5:29:34 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 26 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 4/19/2014 | Tom Phillips, Liushi, Zhejiang province
    Officially, the People's Republic of China is an atheist country but that is changing fast as many of its 1.3 billion citizens seek meaning and spiritual comfort that neither communism nor capitalism seem to have supplied. Christian congregations in particular have skyrocketed since churches began reopening when Chairman Mao's death in 1976 signalled the end of the Cultural Revolution. Less than four decades later, some believe China is now poised to become not just the world's number one economy but also its most numerous Christian nation. "By my calculations China is destined to become the largest Christian country in the...
  • War, What Is It Good for For? These Four Things, Actually

    04/18/2014 6:29:51 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 24 replies
    defenseone.com ^ | 4/14/2014 | Ian Morris
    There are four parts to the case I will make. The first is that by fighting wars, people have created larger, more organized societies that have reduced the risk that their members will die violently. This observation rests on one of the major findings of archaeologists and anthropologists over the last century: that Stone Age societies were typically tiny. Chiefly because of the challenges of finding food, people lived in bands of a few dozen, villages of a few hundred, or (very occasionally) towns of a few thousand members. These communities did not need much in the way of internal...
  • 'Complete lie': Pro-Russian official denies role in mysterious leaflets to Ukrainian Jews

    04/18/2014 6:01:29 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 25 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 4/1/2014
    A pro-Russian official initially thought to be behind fliers telling Ukrainian Jews to register vehemently denied any involvement on Friday, telling Fox News the leaflets were a "complete lie." The leaflets were first reported in Israel's Ynet News. The news site said the notices were circulated in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, demanding that Jews register -- as well as provide a list of property they own -- or else face deportation and revocation of citizenship. Pro-Russian activists have asserted partial control over some government buildings in that city. Ynet reported that the notices, sent as the Passover holiday...
  • Ukraine government promises reforms as insurgents refuse to vacate buildings

    04/18/2014 5:41:48 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 3 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 4/18/2014
    Armed pro-Russian insurgents occupying government buildings in more than 10 Ukrainian cities refuse to leave them until the country's interim government resigns, despite Thursday’s diplomatic deal in Geneva. Ukraine and Russia agreed in Geneva to take tentative steps toward calming tensions along their shared border after weeks of conflict since Ukraine's former leader fled to Russia in February and Russia annexed Crimea in March. The deal -- brokered by the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union-- calls for disarming all paramilitary groups and the immediate return of all government buildings seized across the country. But Denis Pushilin—a leader...
  • Sen. Reid calls supporters of Nevada rancher Bundy 'domestic terrorists'

    04/17/2014 5:42:50 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 77 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 4/17/2014
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he believes the supporters who rallied around Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy in his fight against the federal government are “domestic terrorists” and Bundy does not respect his country. The Las Vegas Journal-Review reported that Reid, D-Nev., made the comments at an event Thursday hosted by the paper called “Hashtags & Headlines.” Federal land managers backed down in a weekend standoff with Bundy after hundreds of states' rights protesters, including armed militia members, showed up to protest federal officials seizing his cattle. Some protesters had their guns drawn and pointed toward law enforcement, some of...
  • Stem-Cell Treatment for Blindness Moving Through Patient Testing (macular)

    04/17/2014 10:47:08 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 23 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 04/17/2014 | Susan Young
    A new treatment for macular degeneration is close to the next stage of human testing—a noteworthy event not just for the millions of patients it could help, but for its potential to become the first therapy based on embryonic stem cells. This year, the Boston-area company Advanced Cell Technology plans to move its stem-cell treatment for two forms of vision loss into advanced human trials. The company has already reported that the treatment is safe (see “Eye Study Is a Small but Crucial Advance for Stem-Cell Therapy”), although a full report of the results from the early, safety-focused testing has...
  • Costly new hepatitis C drugs from Gilead, Merck show near total cure rates (link only)

    Link only, Bloomberg...Costly new hepatitis C drugs from Gilead, Merck show near total cure rates
  • Water Transport in a plant (a 70' sycamore can drink 100 gals an hour- -video)

    04/15/2014 6:12:22 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 20 replies
    Video LinkThat's a great old David Attenborough video on how trees move water up to great heights. I have been doing a lot of pruning lately and have become fascinated with the plants and trees I have been working on. Some respond within a day by producing new growth.Anyway hope you enjoy this.Here is a follow on video that explains the subject in greater detail. Sort of blew my mind to the extent I could understand it. The Most Amazing Thing About Trees
  • Administration reportedly holding back on non-lethal aid to Ukraine

    04/15/2014 5:28:23 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 9 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 4/15/2014
    The Obama administration reportedly is withholding even non-lethal military aid to Ukraine for fear it could further inflame tensions -- despite already intensifying clashes between the country's government and pro-Russia militiamen. A critical report detailing the requests was sent to Congress and the White House by retired Gen. Wesley Clark and former Defense Department official Phillip Karber, according to The Washington Free Beacon. After returning from a trip to Ukraine, Clark and Karber reportedly wrote that the U.S. government had turned down requests for everything from body armor to night-vision goggles to communications equipment. The Obama administration apparently was concerned...